A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

By now you’ll know that I’m participating in the #ReadersWithoutBorders June reading challenge. I’m spreading my posts out a bit but I’m now reading the final best novel finalist before I dive into the 6 best novella finalists! Its been a varied experience so far, perhaps because I’ve had quite high expectations for all ofContinue reading “A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine”

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

As I mentioned in my June TBR post, this month I am participating in the #ReadersWithoutBorders readathon organised by @JDRoberts_SFF over at The Worlds of Sci-fi & Fantasy, raising money for Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Check out his event post to find out how you can participate, or to donate toContinue reading “The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders”

STORMBLOOD by Jeremy Szal

Even if you’re not into military sci-fi, don’t make the mistake of overlooking STORMBLOOD, an epic debut novel from Jeremy Szal. Perhaps more accurately described as a sci-fi mystery/thriller, this is an incredibly well thought out, multi-faceted sci-fi story written with an emotional intelligence that can be lacking in the genre. Since I started reviewingContinue reading “STORMBLOOD by Jeremy Szal”

What’s up, June?

Initially I had planned to keep my blog quite minimal and stick to only posting book reviews (I’m sorry if I’ve ignored your blog event!), however I’ve realised that there is enough happening next month to warrant an update post. So please, read on! @JDRoberts_SFF from The Worlds of Sci-Fi & Fantasy has organised theContinue reading “What’s up, June?”

Dust & Lightning by Rebecca Crunden

In the rather short lifespan of jakeisreading.com I’ve only reviewed titles from well-known publishers, so I was excited when Rebecca Crunden provided me with a copy of her self-published book Dust & Lightning in exchange for an honest review. It turned out to be a no fuss, straight up space adventure that I tore throughContinue reading “Dust & Lightning by Rebecca Crunden”

The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay

The Animals in That Country is a (weirdly prescient) book that takes place at the onset of a viral flu pandemic. However instead of developing a questionable sense of grocery store etiquette, those infected with the virus develop an ability to communicate with animals. The story follows Jean, a wannabe park ranger who has aContinue reading “The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay”

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

To be rated upon release The Inheritance Cycle had a huge influence on me as a teenager and helped ignite my love of dragons, fantasy and reading in general. So after a bit of radio silence from Christopher Paolini, I was incredibly excited to read early chapters from To Sleep in a Sea of Stars.Continue reading “To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini”